In this still image, taken from Citizen TV footage via the Kenya Defence Force and made available on October 4, a man reported to be one of the four armed militants walks around a store inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Picture: Kenyan Defence Force via Citizen TV

 

Nairobi - A Kenyan official says all terrorists died in a recent attack on a Kenyan mall, contrary to suggestions in a New York Police Department report that some of the attackers could have escaped.

Somalia's al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for the September 21 attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi in which at least 67 people were killed.

Major Emmanuel Chirchir, a military spokesman, said on Thursday that the bodies of the four attackers were burned beyond recognition and dismissed suggestions, attributed to a New York Police Department report released this week that some of the attackers could have escaped.

Chirchir says the NYPD report used secondary information. Western investigators, led by the FBI, have said it appears likely all four attackers died inside the mall.

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